January 5th, 2017 by Darcy

No design or home is complete without factoring in the family pets. After all, they are an important and integral part of the family. Most often when renovating or buying a home, needs of four footed family members are not considered.

We believe homes should function well for all family members for their entire lives. Two important considerations are: coefficient of friction of the flooring (slipperiness) and stairs both inside and out.

Before buying new flooring do your research and determine the coefficient of friction for the flooring both wet and dry. Flooring exceeding 0.60 on the ASTM C-1028 test, wet and dry indicates that the flooring passes “industry standards” for slip resistance for ADA compliance. This is a good number to keep in mind especially for our senior large dogs. The higher the number the less slippery and the lower the number the more slippery.

Be very wary of laminated flooring. It can be beautiful and sold as low maintenance and even as good for pets; however it is VERY slippery and typically cannot be refinished, meaning its life span is short and not a good cradle to cradle material.

There are much better choices available if you consider life cost analysis and not first costs only. In general, lightly textured surfaces tend to be more slip resistant than slick or highly polished materials.

Stairs, both interior and exterior, become difficult for pets to navigate as they age, especially for our bigger dog kids. If you cannot easily carry your furry kids, consider purchasing a single level home on a flat lot; be sure to tell your realtor that this is an important criterion.

Oh, and don’t forget to purchase a low sofa so they can rest in comfort.

We moved into a house on a flat lot, the mangos are a bonus. We also have physical therapy in the pool.
Rhonda Goyke
Green Sand Architecture + Sustainability

Email D’Arcy Kerrigan for more information about finding YOUR sustainable new home in Hawaii.

October 11th, 2016 by Darcy

We use ALOHA in greetings and farewells and in expressing love. Aloha is a way of life, an attitude in Hawaii that permeates our daily lives, which we call sometimes called “The Aloha Spirit” or “The Way of Aloha.”

For example, our local mailman arrives with cookies for the dogs in the hood. As a result, we call his mail delivery truck “The Cookie Mobile.”

Maunalani Heights has some very grateful dogs!


Email me for more information about putting Aloha Spirit into YOUR life!